Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network

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Queensland’s Flood Warning Infrastructure

Flood waters don’t respect boundaries. In Queensland, we have more than 3200 rainfall and river gauges that inform statewide flood warnings and forecasts.

Working together for the best possible flood warnings

These flood warning infrastructure assets are owned and operated by more than 60 entities including state and local government, the private sector, and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is working with key stakeholders including the Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Transport and Main Roads, and local governments to improve Queensland’s flood warning infrastructure to help keep our communities safe with timely weather and flood warnings and forecasts, and to reduce the cost of future floods.

Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project

QRA is currently working with 28 councils to deliver a $8 million Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project to support recovery following the 2019 North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough disaster event. This project is part of the $242 million Category C and D Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) package jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

This project will will successfully complete the flood warning investment plans from Mackay, west to Diamantina, and north through to the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York. All of the new infrastructure investment will conform to the National Flood Warning Infrastructure Standard and work aligns with the National Framework for Flood Warning Infrastructure. To ensure value for money in the delivery of the program, a group procurement arrangement has been established.

Find out more about how this project is being delivered across the following three project areas of operation in Queensland:

Case study: Partnerships to improve Queensland’s flood warnings

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The QRA is working with the owners of flood warning infrastructure to make sure Queenslander’s get the best possible warnings of future floods. It’s about keeping our communities safe and reducing the cost of future floods. This video showcases the partnership between five South West Queensland local governments that are helping strengthen flood warnings for their communities. Hear from the CEO of Murweh Shire Council about the benefits of working together when it comes to managing flood warning infrastructure.

Flood Gauge Network Investment Plans for local governments

QRA partnered with a range of stakeholders including the Bureau of Meteorology and local governments to identity possible improvements to their flood warning systems and networks. Queensland councils were provided with Flood Gauge Warning Network Investment Plans to assist with prioritising new and upgraded flood warning infrastructure.

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